Bosnian Portraits: At Home in the Cedar Valley is an ongoing art exhibition at Grout Museum in Cedar Valley. The exhibition which started on March 6th will continue till September 29, 2018. A member of the planning committee of Bosnian residents and museum staff said "We gathered all the artwork, artifacts and oral histories from the Bosnian community for the exhibition. Everything at the exhibition belongs to people in the Cedar Valley." It features antiques, artwork, clothing, and books. The exhibition shares stories of how refugees from Bosnia came to the Cedar Valley after escaping the Bosnia civil war in the 1990's.
Grout Museum Exhibition Curator Erin Dawson said that gathering items for the exhibition from people who lived through that experience is emotional. She said “It's interesting to see how this community bonded with such a huge experience, and how everyone came together to speak. You hear terrible stories about how someone had lost a part of their family. You can’t imagine this. Being able to get these people to share their stories is so important. Many of the refugees came to America, and some ended up in larger cities nearby, such as Chicago or Saint Louis."
Members of the Bosnian Exhibition Committee will conduct a museum tour and talk on April 14th from 10 a.m. to noon and again between the hours of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Grout Museum's Bosnian Exhibition Committee will be on hand to discuss the exhibition highlights and to share stories about their own personal experiences at the time they relocated to Cedar Valley. Food demonstrations, pastries, and coffee are included in the museum tour event. Visitors will also enjoy a KOLO dance demonstration during each session. The exhibition is created in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and the Bosnian-American Leadership Network of the Cedar Valley.